The Average Price of Hotel Room Drops 14% Globally

- Hotel Prices at Level Last Seen in 2003

LONDON, March 2 /CNW/ - The average price of a hotel room was 14% lower in 2009 than in 2008, according to the Hotels.com(R) Hotel Price Index(TM) (HPI(R)).

Travellers spent 13% less on hotel rooms in Europe during 2009 than in 2008, 14% less in the U.S., 16% less in Asia and 21% less in Latin America.

In fact, the average price of a hotel room across the world was cheaper in 2009 that it was in 2004, when the HPI began.

However, towards the end of 2009, the rate at which the average price of hotel room fell started to slow down.

The average price of a hotel room fell by just 7% year-on-year in Q4 2009, compared to 16% in Q1, 17% in Q2 and 14% in Q3.

David Roche, President of Hotels.com, comments:

"Step inside the time machine, turn the dial back to 2003, and compare hotel prices then and now. What's changed? Not much. Our latest Hotel Price Index, covering all of 2009, shows that prices fell globally by 14% on already weak 2008 figures, bringing consumer prices back to levels not seen since 2003. Despite some possible first signs of hotel prices recovering in Europe and the US in the last quarter of 2009, the promotions and great value look set to continue for some time yet. 2010 promises to be another great year for the traveller."

Price changes by end of 2009

Price falls started to level off towards the end of 2009 particularly in Europe and North America.

While hotel prices had fallen by double digits in the first three quarters of 2009 on both continents, by Q4 the rate of price falls was in single digits in both Europe (down 6% in Q4) and North America (down 7% in Q4).

Prices continued their slump in both Asia and Latin America though.

In Latin America prices fell by 10% year-on-year in Q4 whereas in Asia, the level of price falls experienced by hotels actually accelerated in Q4 2009 compared to the previous quarters. Hotel rates dropped 19% in Q4 in Asia compared to 17% in quarters two and three and 15% in Q1.

About Hotels.com

As part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets, Hotels.com offers more than 110,000 hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments worldwide. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its customers, plus there are 1.8m reviews from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers make an informed choice when booking. Hotels.com won the Gold Award for best hotel booking site in Webuser magazine in February 2009. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres.

Hotels.com, Hotel Price Index, HPI and the Hotels.com Wake Up Happy logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP, in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. (c) 2002-2010 Hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved. CST No. 2083949-50

    
     For a full copy of the HPI report (live from 00:01 hrs 2 March 2010)
                                   go to:

       GBP report: http://www.hotels.com/press/hotel-price-index.html

                   USD report: http://hotels.mediaroom.com/

    Alternatively, email press@hotels.co.uk or call:

    Cordy Griffiths on +44-20-7019-2268
    Kate Hopcraft on +44-20-7019-2165
    

SOURCE Hotels.com

For further information: For further information: Cordy Griffiths, PR Manager, Expedia.com Ltd, Tel: +44-(0)20-7019-2268, Email: cgriffiths@expedia.com, http://www.hotels.com


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